Category Archives: Other Events

Lakeland Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours – October 21, 2017

The Lakeland Auto Show and Lake Mirror Concours is a spectacular show in two parts.  A street show of over 250 original, restored, custom, and hot rods.  In addition there is a Concours show of some of the finest vehicles displayed around the beautiful Lake Mirror.  Eleven of our members had cars in this show. Put this one on your bucket list.

Photos by Tomás Hernandez, Mel Mann, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Cars and Cigars – June 18, 2017

The weather forecast for Sunday, June 18, 2017 called for a 50 to 60 percent chance of thunderstorms over Coconut Grove, so that might explain why the turnout – at least in terms of antique cars – was lower than expected at the annual Cars and Cigars Father’s Day Celebration at The Barnacle, the oldest house still standing in Miami-Dade County.  But like a lot of weather forecasts, this one didn’t mention that the 50 percent chance also meant that it could have been a beautiful morning, and it was.  The skies were blue with light cirrus clouds and a nice breeze off Biscayne Bay, so the thirty or so cars that came onto the lawn in front of The Barnacle had a great setting for the annual show.

The cars that came ranged from 1929 Ford Model A – two of them, in fact – to a 1992 (or so) Cadillac Allante and many fine examples of domestic and foreign, sports, muscle, sedan, and wagon, and a couple of beautifully restored ‘60’s era Volkswagen mini-busses fully equipped for a road trip to the Keys or to Woodstock.  Live music leaned heavily on the classics from the ‘70’s, hot dogs and burgers served as lunch, and of course some fine samples of cigars, hand-rolled, were filling the air.

The other 50 percent of the weather forecast came true around 2:00 p.m. when wind gusts started to rock the palms and a rain squall blew in off the bay.  But by that time, everyone had had a great time and even if the day was cut short, it was still a lot of fun.

Story and Photos by Philip Williams

Cuban Nostalgia – May 19-21, 2017

Again all things Cuban celebration was held on May 19, 20 and 21th (Cuban Independence Day weekend) at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fairgrounds. The exhibition included history, food, music, art, and lots of memorabilia.  For its 19th year, the theme was vintage cars. The venue was accented with cars that would have been seen on the streets of Havana in days of old and even today provided by members and friends of AACA South Florida Region.  Thanks to the organizers who made this possible to keep the heritage and culture of Cuba alive for future generations.

Story by Al Padilla
Photos by Al Padilla and Frank Garcia

Classics on the Key Car Show for Cystic Fibrosis – April 2, 2017

The Cystic Fibrosis Walk and Classic Car Show at Virginia Key Beach.  It is a great cause and brought closer to home because Delaney, the granddaughter of one of our members, suffers from cystic fibrosis. The  best of class trophies were framed prints by Delaney.  The best of show and Delaney’s choice awards were original artwork by Delaney. It was a great day and if you were lucky enough it was quite an honor to be a winner and all the better to help her win.
Bob Squier



Ocala A.A.C.A. Winter Meet – February 25, 2017

The South Florida Region was well represented at the Winter Meet in Ocala, Florida held on February 25, 2017.  The day started out foggy, but by mid-morning the sun was shining down on the many wonderful vehicles from around the country, and among them were 13 cars from our club. Although many of the vehicles are of the makes and models seen at many of the shows the quality was truly superior.  It was a wonderful show as you will see in the photos that follow.

Bob Squier
Photos by Bob Squier, Luis Fernandez, Bill Thiele and Andy Leavy

24th Annual All British Classic Car Show – February 19, 2017

At the Gold Coast British Car Club’s 24th Annual All British Classic Car show held in Boca Raton the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with five cars in the show along with eight others from the local British Car Club of Miami which came up in a caravan from Miami.; a 61 mile journey. There were many fine British cars from the 40’s to a fresh off the lot Aston Martin.  This year they were honoring the MG “T” Series –MG-TC, MG-TD and MG-TF. For British car lovers it was a treat.  Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Bob Squier

11th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance – February 12, 2017

At the 11th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with four cars in the show and  on the judging teams with 17 of our members judging in 26 classes comprised of some 182 cars.  Once we finished our judging assignments we were free to look over the whole field.  We saw many fine cars from all eras of automotive history.  The Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg display was a real treat.   Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Photos by Bob Squier, Chris Williams, John Layzell, Ira Shapiro, Peter Lacau, and Mel Mann

Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival – October 14-16, 2016

It’s becoming a regular event for a number of members of our club to attend and participate in the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival in Lakeland, Florida.  And why not?  It’s one of the most prestigious car shows in the country, second in Florida only to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and certainly one of the largest in the sheer number of cars that are on display in several venues.  The Concours on the Promenade around Lake Mirror has over 100 of the finest examples of antique automobiles ranging from the 1910’s to the early 1970’s, all of them worthy of national awards.  Then on the streets of downtown Lakeland taking up seven city blocks are cars of all types and stripes, from hot rods to customs to modern classics and collectible makes and models.  It is an amazing event that keeps our club members coming back year after year with their cars, or serving as judges, or just to be there to see these beauties.

Philip Williams
Photos by Maurice Hawa, Mel Mann, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Mel Mann standing next to his award winning 1962 Chevrolet Corvette roadster.
Mel Mann driving up to get his award.
The American Excitement 1945-1965 Award.

Now we will have a look at the rest of the show and our other four winners.

Dauer Classic Car Museum Trip – August 27, 2016

On Saturday, August 27, members of the AACA South Florida took a road trip to see the Dr. Eddie Dauer’s private collection of antique cars, housed in a private museum.  We were joined by our friends from the Fort Lauderdale Region, and together about 75 of us enjoyed seeing some of the finest examples of cars ranging in age from 1906 to today, all in settings befitting their era: 50’s convertibles at the drive-in, Cadillac limos lined up outside swanky theatres, station wagons – real woodies included – ready to take the family on vacation.  It was a great time as you can see from the photos.

Dr. Dauer is also one of the leaders of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, now in planning for its eleventh year, to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.  Many of our club members participate as judges and exhibitors, and we’re happy to be a part of this worthy cause.

Philip Williams

Photos by Philip Williams, Al Padilla and Bob Squier

Cars and Cigars – June 19, 2016

Cars and Cigars is an annual event at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove on Father’s Day. This year about 40 cars turned out with a good number from our club. There would have been more, but rain was in the forecast. Fortunately, it did not materialize; the morning was overcast but by noon it was a gorgeous sunny day.  As you will see there was a variety of cars and lots of car talk among the smoke from the cigars and the barbeque.  All in all it was an enjoyable day.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams